The first Christmas was a season of hope for those who witnessed our Savior’s birth. Out of all the ways God could have sent out His birth announcement, He did it in a way that only the God of the universe could do it. He surrounded a group of shepherds with an angelic choir. God did not announce it to the leaders of the world but to a group of men who were just above lepers in regard to social standing. This was intentional. God has chosen the lowly to reveal the good news of the Gospel. What hope this brings to them and to us!
Last month I was filled with much hope during our annual FCAP Board Meeting. It was also a difficult meeting since it was the first Board Meeting without the physical presence of our dear brother, Captain Joe Ivey. However, hope prevails because we stand on the promise of God that Joe is with Jesus in Heaven. Hope prevails because Joe has left a legacy behind of Christians who are excited to share the Gospel in the airline and aviation workplace. Hope prevails as we listen to stories of new FCAP groups forming and former FCAP groups beginning to meet again.
Your financial donations and prayers are the backbone of this ministry and help make all of this hope possible. We know you have many worthy ministries you could support, so thank you for choosing FCAP. Because of your support, we can see God giving wisdom and strength to airline employees around the world. They can become like the angelic choir during the first Christmas. Others see their hope and it gives them an opportunity to tell them the reason for their hope is Jesus.
May the hope of this season be a blessing to you, your loved ones, and co-workers.
On Behalf of the FCAP Board of Directors and Staff
Participants of 2018 FCAP International Leaders Conference
Our hearts are always blessed to receive updates from FCAP groups meeting in countries from around the world. We recently received this photo from Uganda. It captures Job, a Christian brother sharing with co-workers during one of their recent lunch hour fellowships. As the Lord reminds you, please pray for these faithful ones as they gather on a regular basis for time in the Word and fellowship with one another.
How many of you are still living as though God has cursed you with the career you have? Do you still mope around as though there is no overcoming the great difficulty you have at your workplace? A proper biblical worldview helps us replace grumbling and complaining with joy and contentment as we understand the goodness of God as it relates to our work. First, remember how bad sin is to God and that He had to curse the ground Adam depended upon for his and Eve’s very sustenance. Second, consider the kindness of the Lord, that although Adam would now eat bread “by the sweat of his brow” (Genesis 3:19), it was sweat that helped keep him cool even as the toil increased. Finally, remember the promise that was made, that the Savior Jesus would bruise the serpent Satan’s head, saving all who will trust Him. As he reflected upon Psalm 98, Isaac Watts penned these words in Joy to the World: “No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground. He comes to make His blessing flow, far as the curse is found.” Therein lies our fresh hope as we come to the job site cheerfully. (TCF)
This thought was written by Tim Files, an Aircraft Systems Analyst who also serves on our FCAP Board of Directors.
The heart is the storage place of what make us who we are; it is also the processor of feelings. There are three things that make a person: intellect, emotion and will. Often times, people confuse emotion for feelings. God says, “You shall lovetheLordyourGod with all your heart, with all your soul, and with allyour strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5). Is it so shocking then that Scripture asks to put all of our heart also in our work (or job)? Paul told the Colossians, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men” (Colossians 3:23). One of the persons that exemplified that was Nehemiah. He did not let his feelings get in the way of serving King Artaxerxes though he was a captive from Judah. “…in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, and I took the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had never been sad in his presence before” (Nehemiah 2:1). Twenty years of work in a foreign land and never been sad … wow! This is the attitude of the believer. Scriptures tells us to set our heart on enjoying our work. Consider: “Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God” (Ecclesiates 2:24). (MM)
This thought was written by Monix Mathieu, FCAP Leadership and Group Development.
Gratitude is more than an emotion we feel or a response we express with regards to our possessions. Rather, thanksgiving is a deep-seated sense of knowing that God alone gives us all that we need for life, and the ability to enjoy what He provides for us. When we know Him personally in this way, being thankful will be a continual expression through our life rather than just a momentary response on a special day. (PMC) Consider: “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, and His steadfast love endures forever”(Psalm 118:1); “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen!” (Romans 11:36).
This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.